Students of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, on Thursday took to the streets in protest against alleged increase in school fees.
The students, who barricaded roads leading to the Otuoke Community and the institution, described the increase in the school fees from N55, 000 to N85, 000 as outrageous and unacceptable. The protest also led to the closure of some business outlets in the town, where President Goodluck Jonathan comes from.
they complained that the tuition fees was not commensurate with the facilities available in the school, adding that, they don’t have power and water as many of them have to walk long distances to buy water, and contribute money to buy power generating set.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, however, denied the increase. “The truth is that we have not increased the school fees of the university,’’ he said, explaining that the fees advertised by the university during its admission were still the ones being paid. He said the fees were charged according to the three sets of students that had so far gained admissions into the school.